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Tony's thread is WAY too tough to snap.... OUCH!!
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Try leaving a little slack before breaking as well as using the edge of the hand instead of the little fingers. It certainly is a knack, but, once you find the "sweet" spot it's easier.

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Saw Tony Perform this routine in the castle this afternoon. It was nice! I liked how the balloon got taller at the end of the trick! Now that was magic! I have no clue!
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Performed this Friday for the first time- closed with it and just have to say- what a delight it was to hear all the gasps from the audience as the balloon rose and the rope restored and the voices saying. "How did he do that? That is amazing!" Thanks Tony for releasing this- a surefire winner!

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Is there any good levitation's that would work well with this balloon trick?

I was thinking, as you hold the helium balloon you start to rise up off the ground/stage, then pull yourself back down. It might be very surprising and it could be very funny as well.
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Dan,

The Gypsy Balloon does not use thread, it uses string. Think along the lines of what the baker use to wrap your pastry box with. This is the kind of string you might see balloons at a fair or circus tied with. The basting thread I think would be perfect for the regular Gypsy thread routine. Tony's balloon version really needs a more "volumous" string. It's true that you don't HAVE to buy Tony's, but by the time you run around to find, try, evalute and get the "right" kind of string, it might be less costly to buy the spool directly from Tony or your local magic store.

Good luck,

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"I was thinking, as you hold the helium balloon you start to rise up off the ground/stage, then pull yourself back down. It might be very surprising and it could be very funny as well."

Great idea, It's actually Rudy Coby's idea and he gave permission to Paul Daniels who used it on his TV show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY-pbXnGpZg

The first who did the Gypsy thread on a balloon is Markus Zink from Germany...
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On 2011-06-06 09:12, wmhegbli wrote:
This is a great idea on a classic. The only draw back is having to stop off at the party store and get a helium balloon for each show.


My thinking on this is to go to Target and pick up one of those little portable helium tanks for $19. Never have to take it out of my trunk. Just go to my car and fill a balloon before every show. Don't know how much it cost to get a balloon inflated at a party store, or how easy they are to find one all the time, but for $19 for a small tank in the back of my car, that seems more convenient.


I was wondering about that. I figured the Helium tanks were prohibitively expensive. But 19 bucks is not bad. And the thing is portable and can be kept in your trunk? How man balloons can you fill from one of those things? Hundreds?
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I have performed the normal gypsy thread by getting a young person on stage asking them to cup their hands to catch the pieces as I use scissors to cut the string. For the restore I have them hold one end as I pull the other. This has played very well for me. I just wonder of those who are having issues with breaking the string could do the same and in the end give the balloon to your helper to take off stage.
Just a thought, I have yet to buy this.

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I was wondering about that. I figured the Helium tanks were prohibitively expensive. But 19 bucks is not bad. And the thing is portable and can be kept in your trunk? How man balloons can you fill from one of those things? Hundreds?


I bought one today and it travelled in the trunk of my car for 5 hours. The cautions say not to expose to direct heat. The box says 30 balloons, depending on the size of course.

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This got rave reviews from Craig and David at the Wizard product review, but I cant see how it differs from the standard gypsey thread apart from adding a balloon !! can any one comment?
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On 2011-06-06 18:10, Michael Dustman wrote:
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On 2011-06-06 09:12, wmhegbli wrote:
This is a great idea on a classic. The only draw back is having to stop off at the party store and get a helium balloon for each show.


My thinking on this is to go to Target and pick up one of those little portable helium tanks for $19. Never have to take it out of my trunk. Just go to my car and fill a balloon before every show. Don't know how much it cost to get a balloon inflated at a party store, or how easy they are to find one all the time, but for $19 for a small tank in the back of my car, that seems more convenient.


I was wondering about that. I figured the Helium tanks were prohibitively expensive. But 19 bucks is not bad. And the thing is portable and can be kept in your trunk? How man balloons can you fill from one of those things? Hundreds?


Hello Daffy! I bought my tank for $38.00 and it is good for approximately (30)thirty 12inch size ballons.

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Does a helium tank store well?

Thanks!
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Does a helium tank store well?

Thanks!
Dan.


In a trunk- at home- or just over time?

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Any of the above.

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This got rave reviews from Craig and David at the Wizard product review, but I cant see how it differs from the standard gypsy thread apart from adding a balloon !! can any one comment?


No we can't as that would involve discussing the secret and that is against the rules of the Café. You pretty much hit the nail on the head, it is a different way of presenting the Gypsy Thread.

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Remember the more you get away from using thread, the more you will need another way of working the trick. That being said, I found some twisted twine string with about 8 or 10 strands to the string. I removed 1 strand, and it broke very easily. It could be used, but then I would have to invent a new handling.
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Any of the above.

Dan.


Dan- you don't want to let the tank sit in excessive heat. Other than that- no worries. The helium in the tank will not go bad-ever. It's a sealed tank that's pressurized- nothing to go wrong unless you do not close the valve all the way after using it.
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Excellent ... Thank you. I was trying to decide if I should get a small tank or just buy an inflated balloon as needed. Your explanation makes sense that a tank should be stable.

Thanks again!
Dan.
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The "Dollar Store" sells all types of Mylar pre-filled helium balloons for, that's right, a dollar. That way you can pick a special occasion balloon or whatever for you show. It would probably look better than a standard balloon and reflect light better as well.
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On 2011-07-18 11:25, davidpaul$ wrote:
The "Dollar Store" sells all types of Mylar pre-filled helium balloons for, that's right, a dollar. That way you can pick a special occasion balloon or whatever for you show. It would probably look better than a standard balloon and reflect light better as well.


Great Point David! Thanks for pointing that out- A nice way to "customize" a little more!

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